Youth Project drop box locations

July 23, 2013

Lucerne Valley Youth Project drop boxes for school supplies have been placed several community locations.

They are at the Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce office, the Y Saloon and Cadillac Ranch in Apple Valley. Another box at First Mountain Bank was expected to go in this week.

The Lucerne Valley Youth Project helps youth with school and other needs. Recently a group of teens participated in an annual camping trip in Big Bear.

This Week In History: July 24, 2013

July 23, 2013

50 years ago (July 25, 1963)
• The tenth annual Burro Derby, an endurance test for wranglers and their wild burros, was slated for August 1, with a portion of the 43-mile course winding through Lucerne Valley.
• Police Blotter: A suspect stole a parakeet in a silver cage, and a flower pot from Barry’s Flowers and Gifts Shop, after stealing a barstool and 3 or 4 ice-cream bars from Woodie’s Tavern.
• Shopping: Mistletoe Margerine was $1 for 10 pounds; Bacon was 59 cents a pound.
• Weather: July 23, 1963 high temperature was 104, with a low of 66.

Smoke from Idyllwild fire prompts air quality advisory

July 18, 2013


A fire-fueled blanket of smoke has settled on the Lucerne Valley and portions of the Victor Valley, prompting the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management to issue an air quality advisory.

The Victorville-based agency also has issued a smoke advisory for the Morongo Valley.

Some smoke and ash from the Mountain wildfire currently burning near Idyllwild in Riverside Country has drifted northward, settling in the affected high desert areas.

Residents come out to watch 'Raiders' under the stars

July 16, 2013

Photo caption: CSA 29 kicked off its first movie of the summer last Friday at Pioneer Park. The series on July 26. Peter Day / The Leader

Members of the community gathered at Pioneer Park last Friday evening for the first installment of the Lucerne Valley Parks and Recreation’s 2013 “Movies in the Park” series.

While sitting on the healthy green grass, families and friends watched Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Nelson Studios gate on cover of new book

July 16, 2013

Photo caption: Michael Snow has authored a Desert-based thriller about woman fleeing a cult. Peter Day / The Leader


Lucerne Valley residents might not give it a second thought as they drive out of town on Highway 18.

But there, on the north side of the road just east of Trade Post Road, stands a vestige of Lucerne Valley’s past. Although information is sketchy, some say the forboding Nelson Studios’ gate and picturesque water tower marked the location of a silent film or experimental film studio.

LVEDA working on solar siting

July 16, 2013

By Peter Day

Community leaders Richard Selby and Chuck Bell are spearheading an effort to provide the county with alternative locations for renewable energy projects.

An initial draft document details siting criteria and conditions for approving industrial-scale projects on private lands.
Selby, the former president of the Lucerne Valley Municipal Advisory Council, and Bell, the current president of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association, want the county to amend its general plan and develop codes to include their suggestions.

Sheriff's Blotter 7-17-13

July 16, 2013

MISCELLANEOUS INCIDENT: A caller reported at 4:42 p.m. on July 9 that she had received a 50cc motorcycle from someone, then traded the vehicle to another woman who sold it to another male. It turned out, she told deputies, that the bike was stolen and the last person to have it is now in jail. The caller resided in the 1000 area of Highland Road.

TRESPASS: A caller in the 30000 area of Topaz Road reported a lock had been cut off from his gate. Nothing was taken, however. The man called at 3:14 p.m. on July 8.

Photo: The Crossing

July 16, 2013

Photo caption: The works of Lucerne Valley artist Evelyn Delight-Carpenter, 88, and artist Chris Reay are currently on display at the Eclipse Art Gallery in Hesperia. Above, is Delight-Carpenter’s “The Crossing.” An artist’s reception was last Saturday evening. The “Once Upon A Time” themed exhibit will be shown through the end of August. Eclipse Art Gallery is at 18361 Bear Valley Road #7 in Hesperia.


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